Newcastle United are reluctant to enter any auction for St Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Mirror says Newcastle's No1 target in the summer is an extra striker having lost Demba Ba in January.

Chief scout Graham Carr has watched Aubameyang with owner Mike Ashley with a view to a £10 million swoop. It's understood Aubameyang was impressed when Ashley took time out to make a personal check on him last month.